. >>> a conclave to elect the next pope could start sooner than march 15th. pope benedict stunned the world this week by announcing his retirement effective february 28th. he's the first pontiff in 600 years to step down and is staying in office until death. church rules say the conclave is to start 15 to 20 days after the papsy becomes vacant but -- papacy becomes vacant but the vatican is trying the waive the rules. the pope though that has to approve to change before he resigns. >>> gas prices are not expected to go down anytime soon. the average price for a gallon of regular nationwide is $3.67. that's an increase of 12 crepts in the past week alone. experts say gas prices normally rise in late march through early may as refiners switch over to the summer blend. the highest price we found in the bay area is in san francisco, $4.49 a gallon. >>> garbage collection rates could increase by 3% of the redwood city council approves proposed new rates. it would be the third rate hike in three years. they are said to be behind the need for the increase. last year the city council approved a 7.